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What to Watch With Your Family This Holiday Season

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This year is unlike any other (thanks a lot, COVID-19), but for those of us spending the holiday season with family, it can be difficult to find universally-accepted entertainment. 

Let’s face it, it’s hard to find movies or TV shows that the whole family can enjoy. You have to find something that appeals to young and old, men and women, and most importantly, differing tastes. I know I spend most of my holiday season scrolling various streaming services trying to find something to watch before eventually giving up and re-watching The Office for the hundredth time.

While that also may have been you and your family in the past, it doesn’t have to be that way this year. Here are the best new movies and tv shows to hit various streaming services that’ll be enjoyable for the whole family.

The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix) 

If you’ve been living on the internet over the past month there’s a good chance you’ve heard about The Queen’s Gambit. Starring Anya Taylor-Joy as Beth Harmon, The Queen’s Gambit is a limited series about a young woman in the ‘60s who is trying to become the world’s greatest chess player. Along with being an incredible chess player, Beth also struggles with addiction and the fact she became an orphan at a young age. 

While a show about chess may not immediately pique your interest, there’s a reason why this show is so popular. Plus, if you’re planning to be home with family for an extended period of time, this series has seven episodes. You’ll have something to watch together for a whole week!

Happiest Season (Hulu)

Happiest Season stars Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis as Harper and Abby, a lesbian couple living in Pittsburgh. Harper decides to invite Abby home to her parent’s house for Christmas, where Abby is planning to propose to her girlfriend. However, upon arrival, Abby realizes Harper hasn’t told her family she’s gay. This sweet Christmas romantic comedy is full of heart and also brings the laughs thanks to a lineup of great comedic talent — Dan Levy, Allison Brie, Aubrey Plaza, and Mary Steenburgen, just to name a few. 

The Undoing (HBO)

The Undoing is an HBO limited series starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant as Grace and Jonathan Fraser, a wealthy couple living in New York City with their son, Henry. Everything seems to be going great for the family, that is until Jonathan is accused of murdering Elena Alves, a woman who has a son attending the same school as Henry.

This show is certainly not for children, but if you and your family love edge-of-your-seat thrillers, The Undoing is must-see TV. With so many twists and turns, you’ll be forced to binge-watch the whole series in one sitting. 

Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (Netflix)

If your family is interested in musicals, this may be the one for you! Jingle Jangle stars Forest Whitaker as Jeronicus Jangle, a toymaker in the town of Cobbleton. However, when his apprentice (played by Keegan Michael-Key) steals his prized creation, it’s up to Jeronicus’s granddaughter to save the day. Featuring original songs by John Legend, this film is sure to bring a smile to you and your family’s faces.